Boots guide to bathing baby

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Boots guide to bathing baby

Make bath time a more fun, easy and enjoyable experience for you and your baby.

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Boots guide to bathing baby

Baby bath time needn't be stressful. Help your little one to enjoy getting clean and comfortable with our selection of tips and favourite bath time buys.

Bath time bliss

Bathing your baby is a great opportunity for bonding - and, once you both get used to it, it can also be lots of fun. It's recommended that you fully bathe your baby two to three times a week. On the other days, you should just gently clean their face, neck, hands and bottom - a technique often known as 'topping and tailing'.

Bath time safety

For safety and fun in the tub, follow these top tips:

  • Never leave your baby alone in the bath, not even for a second.
  • Make sure the bath isn't too hot - use a thermometer or your wrist or elbow to check the temperature of the water is around 37°C.
  • Don't bathe your baby straight after a feed, or when they're tired.
  • If your baby seems frightened of the bath, it might help if you go in together - it's a great way to bond too.
  • Lower your baby into the bath gently, using one hand to hold their upper arm and support his or her head and shoulders.
  • Remember to only use bath products that are suitable for your baby's sensitive skin. Some babies are allergic to peanut oil, so you shouldn't use items that contain this.

Baby bath time: Best buys

For lots of fun in the tub, check-out our essential bath time items.

Sensitive shampoos

Use a shampoo that's specially designed for baby, such as Johnson's Easy-Rinse Foaming Shampoo. It's anti-tears, sensitive on delicate young skin and washes out easily.

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Wash and learn

Choose bath toys that help your child learn about new colours, shapes and textures. The Stackin' Tubtime Boat from Fisher Price is bold and bright, including a squirt 'n' swim fish and three stack & nest cups for scooping, straining and pouring fun.

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Bath time fun

Get some bath toys that will help to entertain and educate. Choose colourful items that feature interesting shapes and sounds. The cute Splash & Catch Fishing Net from Nuby is great value - and provides lots of fun.

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Blowing bubbles

For maximum tubtime amusement, bubbles are the answer. Use a bubble bath that's specially formulated for sensitive young skin and eyes - such as Paddy's Bathroom Organic Tangy Tangerines Bubble Bath, made with 100% natural ingredients.

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Soft as cotton

After bath time's over, gently dry your baby with a 100% cotton towel, ensuring that he or she is completely dry. The high-quality cotton Skip Hop Zoo Hooded Towel Owl is sweet and stylish, and comes in two different shades.

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Soak in style

There are plenty of accessories that will make bath time for your baby easier and safer. For example, the pretty Boots Summer Infant Baby Bather, available in two different colours, is great for securely bathing your newborn in comfort.

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Clean as a whistle

Use these products to keep your baby clean before, during and after bath time:

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Shampoo and Wash is a tear-free, non-irritating formula that's scientifically proven to be safe, gentle, and effective for daily use.

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Oilatum Daily Junior Head to Toe Wash is developed to be gentle and help reduce the occurrence of dry skin for babies and children.

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NAIF's soothing Baby Oil is absorbed easily into the skin and reinforces its natural protection with a combination of plant oils and essential fatty acids.

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